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2016 BMW 340i Sedan Review

 2016 BMW 340i Sedan Review

In a segment crowded with great cars, the BMW 3 Series has long reigned as the benchmark compact luxury sedan against which the competition is ultimately judged. For the 2016 model year, the 3 Series gets tweaks to the suspension and steering to improve its already class-leading handling, along with minor exterior styling updates and interior trim enhancements. The 340i Sedan we tested retains the turbocharged 3.0-liter engine of its predecessor, the 355i, but with an additional 20 horsepower and 30 more pound-feet of torque. And hardcore driving enthusiasts will appreciate that the 340i is offered with a 6-speed manual transmission. Tech-wise, the 2016 340i Sedan features the tried-and-true iDrive infotainment interface, although it also has a shortage of driver-assist tech for a car of its caliber.

How Much?
While the BMW 3 Series comes in many different permutations, including a wagon, the 2016 340i Sedan is available is just two trim levels: rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The RWD model starts at $45,800, but with almost $15,000 in options and a $995 destination charge, the final sticker price for our test car comes to $60,220.

What Does It Come With?
Nextcar Bug artThe 2016 340i Sedan we tested comes with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo 320-horsepower inline 6-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission. Standard features include auto start-stop, Driving Dynamics Control, LED headlights and fog lights, run-flat tires, power-folding and heated side mirrors, 10-way power front sport seats with 2-way power-adjustable side bolsters, driver memory for exterior mirrors and seat positions, keyless entry and starting, a power moon roof, power rear sun shade, ambient lighting, Bluetooth for phone and streaming audio, the iDrive infotainment interface with a center console controller and 8.8-inch center-dash screen, and a 16-speaker/600-watt Harman Kardon Surround Sound Audio System with CD, AM/FM HD Radio, satellite radio, and USB and aux-in ports.

The long list of options in our test car starts with the $2,750 Technology Package that includes navigation, a head-up display, BMW Online and Apps connectivity, Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information, and Remote Services via a smartphone app. Almost as expensive is the $2,600 M Sport Package, which adds 19-inch wheels, sport seats, M Sport suspension and steering wheel, aerodynamic kit, and special interior trim. The $950 Driver Assistance Package includes a rearview camera and parking sensors, and the $1,750 Driver Assistance Plus package adds top- and side-view cameras, Active Blind Spot Assistance, and Active Driving Assistance that combines lane departure and collision warning. The $800 Cold Weather Package comes with heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel. Additional individual options include $550 for Melbourne Red metallic paint, $1,450 for leather upholstery, $575 for manual rear side window shades, and $350 for Enhanced Bluetooth that adds extra phone and connectivity features.

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